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Stoner confirms V8 Supercars shift

20 January 2013 03:08

Two-time MotoGP champion Casey Stoner has reportedly confirmed his switch to V8 Supercars.

Speculation has linked Stoner to a move to Australia's biggest motorsport category since his shock announcement in May that he was quitting MotoGP because of the competition's tedium.

The 27-year-old's expected move from two wheels to four was confirmed on Sunday.

The Sunday Mail reports Stoner will make his debut in the second-tier Dunlop Series at Adelaide's Clipsal 500 in March as part of the Triple Eight Racing team.

He will drive a Commodore in the same new Red Bull livery as top duo Jamie Whincup and Craig Lowndes.

Set to retain his iconic 'No.27' plate, Stoner is looking forward to embarking on a new chapter in his sporting career, even if he is aware that the transition to the highly competitive series will be difficult.

"Since I was 12, I've always been interested in it," Stoner said of the V8 category.

"It was always my plan during my whole career to drive a V8. It's now the new chapter in my career but I have to be realistic and see if we're capable of doing anything.

"The hardest thing I have had to do is change whatever I know about braking and changing through gears.

"I am having to rethink again. I have to forget everything I know about bikes and change to learn to drive these," he said.

Stoner will get his first outing in the car during a test at Sydney Motorsport Park on February 16.

The V8 Supercar Dunlop Series uses older cars and adopts a smaller calendar than the main V8 Supercar Championship, with seven races held over seven rounds.

The 2013 schedule will see Stoner competing at Adelaide, Barbagallo, Townsville, Queensland Raceway, Winton Raceway, Bathurst and the Sydney street circuit.

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